Saturday, April 22, 2017

*Review* The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Genre: YA Romance
Published: May 5, 2009
Pages: 276


Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Joood's Review

I have been on a Jenny Han kick lately. I basically just went through my library’s overdrive app and placed a hold on all of her books, regardless of what they were about. I totally did not read the synopsis for this one before I started reading it. I just saw who the author was, so I figured I should read it. I honestly probably would not have read it otherwise. I'm not really a fan of love triangles, especially ones that include siblings. I just think it's too much of a betrayal among the relations, and I think it’s cruel when someone leads on siblings. But I'd already gotten into the book before I realized what was going on, so it got a pass.

Although I did like the majority of the characters and I found the story to ultimately be good, I had an issue with part of the way the story was told. There was just something about the flashback scenes that confused the hell out of me. I think they were the biggest turn-off I had regarding this book. Maybe it was different in the written version, but I did the audio – and there really wasn’t much of an indicator of the age shift.

As I mentioned, I liked the characters... well, all but one. I had a really hard time caring about Belly... which is disappointing, because she’s the main character. She’s also an entitled little shit. (I blame her parents). It’s bad enough she’s toying between two brothers, but she’s also so freaking fickle about it. It made her out to be annoying AF.

Still, I liked it enough to want to read the next book… especially with that ending. I am just saying.

3/5 Platypires - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at

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